Tuesday, March 24, 2015
With the issues that the drought has brought to California, people are taking action to keep things from getting out of hand. At a hearing in Sacramento, The Porterville Recorder reported that there were high hopes for overcoming the dry spell. Local residents, non-profit organizations, and city and county officials were invited to provide testimonies in the hearing that discussed first-hand experiences of water crisis. The event was organized due to the drought and the efforts that have already been put in place to help those affected. Led by the Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee (ESTM), the participants discussed concrete long-term solutions and how these can be accomplished. Fortunately, a lot of sectors expressed their intent of being involved with rectifying the shortage.
Monday, March 23, 2015
Apart from the drought, California also has another threat to its water supply: toxic wastewater. The Sacramento Bee reported that the oil industry’s habit of dumping wastewater is a major contributor to this issue. According to some recently revealed investigations and documents, state regulators have allowed over 2,400 illegal injection wells for oil production or wastewater disposal into protected Aquifers of California. Some of these stores hold water clean enough for human consumption or crop irrigation. Several of those wells were shut down in the previous summer, but many oil companies are still dumping wastewater into supposedly protected underground resources, as admitted by state officials. This poses a significant risk to the water supply of California and to its citizens. Aside from this, there have also been reports of arsenic and nitrates found in the state’s waters.